Mr. John Malcolm Spence is the Senior Coordinator, Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Issues in the Office of Trade Negotiation (OTN) of the CARICOM Secretariat, formerly the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). Mr. Spence is the OTN's focal point for all Intellectual Property negotiations. He served on the CARICOM College of Negotiators as the Alternate Lead Negotiator on Intellectual Property in the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations and on the CARIFORUM College of Negotiators as the Alternate Lead Negotiator on Trade Related Issues in the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with specific responsibility for the Chapters on Innovation and Intellectual Property, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade. Mr. Spence is currently on the CARICOM College of Negotiators for the CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement. Prior to joining the CRNM in 2001, Mr. Spence helped to establish the Intellectual Property system and Office in Trinidad and Tobago as a National Counterpart Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and worked in that Office as the Chief Technical Examiner. Mr. Spence is an Agricultural Engineer with a B.Sc. from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom and a M.Sc. in Manufacturing for Agricultural and Industrial Development from the same Institution. He has had training in intellectual property, particularly in patent search and examination, through WIPO.